Four Amateurs Share NC Open First Round Advantage
Maryland's David Kocher is looking to repeat this week <br>(Maryland Athletics Photo)
Maryland's David Kocher is looking to repeat this week
(Maryland Athletics Photo)

KANNAPOLIS, NC (June 6, 2017) - Four amateurs, all from the Charlotte, NC area, hold the lead at 5-under after the first round of competition at the 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid being held at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC. Defending Champion David Kocher plus Jake McGlone, Nolan Mills IV, and Aman Gupta all posted scores of 66.

One hundred sixty-eight of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina have come together for the 54-hole championship.

Aaron Black, the PGA Apprentice General Manager of Edgewater Golf Club in Lancaster, SC, is currently the low professional, sitting only one stroke behind after a 33-34=67 (-4). He is tied for fifth with amateurs Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh, NC and Eric Bae of Pinehurst, NC.

For the second round, those who started in the morning will be repaired by score in the afternoon wave and vice versa. After 36 holes, the field will be reduced to the low 60 and ties.

Editors Note: Article by Carolina PGA

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ABOUT THE North Carolina Open

The North Carolina Open is open to both amateurs and PGA professionals. It is organized by the Carolinas section of the PGA of America. 54-hole stroke play. The field is reduced to the low 60 contestants (or 1/3 of the field if 140 or less) and ties after 36 holes.

Interesting Fact: Both state opens run by the Carolinas section, the North Carolina Open and the South Carolina Open, are the only ones in the United States that prohibit non-PGA professionals from competing. It has been played annually since 1965 at a variety of courses around the state.

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